An awesome picture somehow dug up by the sports gossip site TerezOwens.com! Some of the great old-school posters seen on Brett’s ceiling: Jose Canseco “40-40″, Jerry Rice “Goldfingers”, Michael Jordan “Big-Time” Door-Sized, Bo Jackson “Double Trouble” (Royals & Raiders), Dwight Gooden 1980s SI Poster, Joe Montana “Job Security”, and what looks like QB posters of Randall Cunningham and Warren Moon, among others. (Note that TerezOwens calls this “Brett Favre at 23″, but that would date this picture at 1992, when he was already an NFL QB with the Atlanta Falcons. Most likely, this is Brett in his Southern Miss dorm room, circa 1989.
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Baseball holidays rarely transcend outside the sport — you celebrate Opening Day, but it doesn’t have an impact outside baseball and its fans. But Jackie Robinson Day is a different case, as April 15 celebrates a day that resonates across all sports and American culture. The day commemorates the anniversary of Robinson’s major-league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, a landmark moment as the first African-American to break baseball’s color barrier.
No image captures that historic aspect of the day better than this photo taken from April 15, 1947 — Robinson, arm in arm with three white Dodgers teammates: Spider Jorgensen, Pee Wee Reese, and Eddie Stanky. This was a sport embracing something in a way that helped society do the same.
What do you remember most about Jackie Robinson? If you’ve seen the new movie “42” celebrating his life, what did you like best about the movie? This is a day to celebrate all things Jackie Robinson, so your comments are welcome.
This is a huge weekend for Jackie Robinson fans — Monday, of course, is Jackie Robinson Day, when major-league baseball celebrates his legacy every year on the anniversary of his historic debut in 1947. This year has a much greater awareness of Robinson because the movie that chronicles his life “42” — opens nationally in theaters today, bringing the unforgettable story of a baseball pioneer to another generation.
Sports Poster Warehouse has a great collection of beautiful posters of Robinson and his contemporaries — perhaps the most iconic is this shot of Robinson stealing home during a 1952 game. This rare, bold feat is Robinson exemplified, requiring equal parts courage and athleticism. He did so 20 times in his major-league career, and it’s synonymous enough with his success that biographies have been named “Stealing Home.”
What makes this photograph so memorable? Perhaps it’s the ballcap literally flying off his head the instant the picture was taken, or the perfection of his slide, or the look of the supporting cast, from the outstretched catcher to the umpire and teammate watching. Robinson even stole home in a World Series game — in 1955 against the Yankees, with Yogi Berra catching — and you can see a video of that play here. But if you’re looking for a single image that captures Jackie Robinson’s amazing baseball career, this poster might be it.
Thank you all for participating in our 2013 “Share your Fan Walls and Win” contest! With so many great entries, it was a real challenge to pick the best-of-the-best; but rest assured, the winners were more than worthy.
Judged by our President, Neil Flagg, and our Customer Service Manager, Islay Julen, each entry was evaluated on the criteria of: poster content, poster presentation, and overall room design.
We are proud to announce that the first prize winner ($100 spending spree at SportsPosterWarehouse.com) is Herman Sahota of Central California! Whether you love the San Francisco 49ers or not, you will appreciate the room he calls his “Niners Man Cave”:
First, the posters: four awesome action posters of all-time San Francisco 49ers greats, including two classics still available at SportsPosterWarehouse.com (Joe Montana “Signature Series” and Jerry Rice “Going Deep”). Next, the presentation: each one is handsomely displayed in identical professional-quality glass frames with attractive black moulding for a classy touch, and brought to life with recessed halogen lighting placed at measured intervals. Finally, the overall room design: Herman went all-out with official Niners red-and-gold colors, and other great Niners accents like clocks and pillows that top the room off to perfection. Congratulations, Herman – and hope the rest of you got some great ideas for next year!
Our second prize winner ($50 credit at SportsPosterWarehouse.com) goes to Mark Daley of Ontario, Canada, and his phenomenal bedroom we’ll call “The Canadian Cave”.
Mark’s amazing room is filled on all four walls with great posters and other memorabilia featuring his two sporting passions: Toronto Blue Jays baseball, and Canada’s national sports of hockey. We love the old-school Jays posters – particularly the Costacos Brothers classic “Jays of Thunder” featuring Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter, and the hockey selection is amazing as well, with many rare Team Canada and Maple Leafs posters prominently displayed. Mark’s presentation is also spectacular, with everything slotted in carefully on its own theme wall. (Personally, we’re looking forward to a new 2013 Toronto Blue Jays World Series Champions poster on that wall this November!)
Third prize, a $25 account credit, goes to Adam and Aaron Laudati of Connecticut, for what we call “The Garage of Dreams”:
What this room lacks in comfort and finish, it makes up for in having one of the most unique collections of rare old-school posters we’ve ever seen! Displayed in sharp black frames around the ceiling line of his home’s garage are an eclectic mix of players in original Sports Illustrated , Starline and Nike designs from the 1970s and ’80s. Some all-time classics are here, like Michael Jordan in rookie action, and the famous George Gervin “Iceman” theme poster. Then, we get into some fan-favorite New England-area stars like Craig James, Kevin Dineen and Carl Yastrzemski. Then, there’s some rarities we almost never see around, like an early-career Mats Sundin Quebec Nordiques poster, a posthumous Roberto Clemente “White-Border” Studio One poster from about 1977, and a late-1970s David Thompson Denver Nuggets poster sponsored by Pony. This is the room that will thrill the serious poster collectors!
Finally, we’re awarding four Honorable Mention prizes to the following entrants, who will receive a free poster of our choice in the mail. First, there’s our youngest contestant, Ian Morris of New Jersey, who has made the most of his bedroom with great basketball posters and more:
Next, Craig Van Guilder of Minnesota, whose walls are decked in a great selection of classics, including these:
Next, Deanne Nucci and her classy Classic Yankees room:
We hope these winners inspire you to make your sports rooms come alive with the endless possibilities that posters can provide! Browse for your unique selections any time at SportsPosterWarehouse.com. And for more pictures from this contest, including other views of these winning entries, view our contest photo gallery here.
The Sports Poster Warehouse announces a “Share Your Fan Wall” photo contest, inviting sports fans to submit photos of their home sports shrines, poster walls and team memorabilia.
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Toronto, ON, March 12, 2013 – The Sports Poster Warehouse North America’s leading online retailer of sports posters and pennants, is inviting sports fans to show off their “fan walls”. Sports fans of all ages are invited to share photos of the rooms and walls where they display their prized sports posters, pennants, jerseys and other memorabilia from their favorite teams and athletes. The top photos will win spending sprees on SportsPosterWarehouse.com.
It might be a Chicago Bears bedroom, a Maple Leafs Man Cave, a games room celebrating LeBron James, or even a neighborhood pub wall devoted to Celtics fever. Whatever sports decor theme these avid fans choose, they can finally gain some recognition for their team pride and win gift cards of up to $200 in sport posters.
Contest entry is easy. Sports fans simply take a picture of their most prized fan wall — either at home, in their office, school classroom, even a bar or restaurant, and send it to SportsPosterWarehouse.com. Entrants can email their pics to firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet their entry to @sportsposters with the contest hashtag #ShareYourFanWall or post it on the company’s Facebook page. Parents are also welcome to submit pictures of kids and teens’ sports themed bedrooms, which are often covered with treasured sports posters and team swag. Any sport or athlete celebrated by fans is welcome, from NASCAR, to golf, to surfing, to rhythmic gymnastics.
Sports fans are already entering the ”Share Your Fan Wall” contest. Craig Van Guilder of St. Paul, MN, was among the first, showcasing the wall in his “mancave” basement room. An avid poster collector since his childhood, Van Guilder said his biggest problem is finding the sheer wall space to keep up with his collection.”Need a bigger house!” Van Guilder said of his poster pride. “I’ve always been a huge fan of baseball, football and hockey. Can’t go wrong with posters of some of the greats!” Van Guider’s wall features American football legend John Elway, baseball all-stars Cal Ripken and Jackie Robinson and hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky, to name a few.
MEDIA NOTE: Pics of Craig Van Guilder’s walls:
“The posters you choose say a lot about who you are and where your passions lie,” says SportsPosterWarehouse.com President, Neil Flagg. “Real sports fans are fired up with team pride..and nostalgia! They want to see posters of the athletes and sports moments that they grew up with and that still inspire them. Personalizing a room with the teams and athletes you follow shows off your love of the game to anyone who comes over. ”
The “Share Your Fan Wall” photo contest will be available for entry throughout the month of March, 2013 and a winner will be selected by April 2, 2013. Complete details are available on the Sports Poster Warehouse blog.
The “Share Your Fan Wall” photo contest will be available for entry throughout the month of March, 2013 and a winner will be selected by April 2, 2013. Complete details are available on the SPW blog.
About The Sports Poster Warehouse
The Sports Poster Warehouse is the world’s #1 source for new, rare and vintage sports posters, with a catalogue covering more than 10,000 different posters, pennants and team flags.Launched in 1998, Sports Poster Warehouse is a sports, fitness and motivational poster and pennant leader. Featuring current and vintage styles of posters and pennants, Sports Poster Warehouse carries physical inventory of the vast majority of its online offerings, ensuring customers receive products in a timely manner. With headquarters in Toronto, Ontario, Sports Poster Warehouse also has a local commercial showroom. To see best-selling posters and to order online for rapid delivery across the USA, Canada and around the world, visit sportsposterwarehouse.com.
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